In the month of October, we “visited” the country of Paris for our Passport Pals Storytime. These are the lesson plans I used for our first week in France.
Introduction to France
Welcome — (To the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”) Come on everybody and clap your hands, clap your hands, clap your hands, Come on everybody and clap your hands on the way to Passport Pals . . . stomp your feet, jump up high, swing your arms, spin around. “Come and watch me spin the globe”.
Suitcase — French flag, Europe, Eiffel tower (picture or miniature model), blocks.
Show France on map/globe. Put tack on France. Do you know what continent France is on? France is in Europe! Let’s sing our continent song together!
Continent Cheer (GGM #3)
Let’s find out what happened when our friends Bella & Harry visited Paris, a city in France!
Read Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Paris! By Lisa Manzione.
Talk about the Eiffel Tower. Show picture from suitcase. Talk about how tall it is — 986 feet tall, that’s almost 50 giraffes stacked on top of each other! Can you stretch high like a giraffe? The Eiffel Tower is WAY taller than that! Take out blocks. Let’s see how tall we can make a tower in here! Let each child put blocks on until you have a tall block tower.
(NOTE: I brought in giant blocks for this project. The kids had lots of fun making their own Eiffel tower out of blocks. I even got them out again at the end for the kids to play with.)
In France, they speak the language of French. When people want to say, “hello”, they say Bonjour! Can you say Bonjour? (Practice).
Read “Everybody Bonjours!” by Leslie Kimmelman
Song: There was a Girl From France (Raffi cd)
Read “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans (a fun book about another girl from France).
Make Eiffel Tower snack craft. Use bananas and apples or grapes (precut)
Pass out Passport Page/Stamp Passport. I used a stamp of the Eiffel Tower for this day.